Figments of Desire explores the poetics of attraction through two synthetic agents that are choreographed to a musical score. The sonic composition activates the agents to unwind a generative yet controlled narrative of behaviors of attraction, repulsion, and entanglement. This synthetic couple algorithmically explores its states of desires by evaluating the sonic condition of its environment. Harmoniously oscillating between its behavioral states, these artificial bodies are confounded in an autopoietic ecosystem of coexistence.
This work examines the behavioral effects of the use of technology to bridge intimacy. With the use of instant messaging apps and the global pace of communication, relationships have been reduced to connections and conversations have been reduced to instant messages. Is the loss of intimacy being fixed by the use of technology or is it making it worse? Figments of Desire is an installation for these agents to explore their fragile desires for intimacy. In an environment where they experience infinite occurrences of interactions with each other, they occupy space in such a way that they feel alive with real desires.